Sunday, March 22, 2009

Research Material?

Yesterday, I went to see the new Julia Roberts/Clive Owen picture Duplicity. Hearing it advertised, I assumed it was a MI-6 agent and a CIA agent having a relationship without revealing their respective allegiances. No, they've actually left their respective agencies and now are supposedly working a corporate espionage scheme for a company when, in reality, they're using the situation to raise enough capital to retire together. While my previous notion of the plot intrigues me more (and, since they didn't use it, I might someday) the movie was very well constructed and acted. If you need your characters to be "likable" and/or "admirable", I don't recommend the movie but if pathological liars and corporate espionage intrigue you on any level, go see it!

Because I always comment when I series ends, I was pleased overall with the end to Battlestar Galactia this past weekend. I was pleased they landed in prehistoric Africa instead of 1980 or 2009 or whatever but I think they wasted a lot of time, especially at the end with pre-fall Caprica stuff. Most of them revealed nothing important. (Adama doesn't like desk jobs! Apollo and Starbuck have always had a thing for each other! The Tighs go together to strip clubs!) Also, while I loved the warning about advances in robotics, the question on how Baltar is still alive 150,000 years later was not adequately explained. Finally, while the revelation that Starbuck was an angel fits with the religious undertones of the series, it just seemed to me to be pull out of thin air because a deadline loomed. I was less satisfied than I was when it was revealed Ellen was the final Cylon...

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

I Guess I Should Have Waited...

Though it snowed a lot yesterday and it looked like every class was canceled, the seminary had the final New Testament professor candidate make his presentation. Since no one answered the phone when I called three times, I assumed they were closed so I didn't go.

Here's what I know. Candidate One was a woman who admitted she just turned fifty. (Age I think is less of an issue here but there you go.) During her presentation I thought she was a bit shy and I freely admit her "introduction" to her topic was more interesting than the topic (Cleansing in Luke and Acts) itself. When I saw her again, at our weekly chapel service, it happened to be Ash Wednesday, she was much more relaxed and, to be brutally honest, I liked her more...

Thursday was our visiting professor's turn to be permanent. On paper he's more qualified than the first one. He seemed very nervous and I was very bored. His topic was connecting the Psalms to the Gospels; mainly Mark. One of the professors looked like he was trying to rip the top of his skull off but I'm willing to admit I could have been projecting...

Again, I didn't hear Candidate 3 but my boss thought I'd be impressed. There may have been three students in attendance. Googling the name, and if this is the same one, he has fairly impressive credentials. Obviously, personality is unavailable...

My boss thought a decision on the OT position would happen soon...

In other news, I received my second royalty check today which officially doubles the number of books sold. Remember retailers have 90 days to report sales so Christmas gifts for instance wouldn't necessarily be included. Due to differences in discounts given to various retailers, I received an extra .90 cents this time despite the same number of copies sold.

Monday, March 02, 2009

When A Crocodile Eats My Mind.

There was more than one thing I wanted to discuss but I can only think of one thing at the moment. I just finished reading When A Crocodile Eats The Sun by journalist Peter Godwin. Of course not counting Winter Storm and The Bone Garden, this was my favorite book we have read for my book group. I was pretty much alone in this as the general consensus was it was too depressing and badly edited. Makes you wonder what they really thought of mine; although, I freely admit mine was badly edited...

It was an autobiographical view into this white man visiting his parents and past in his native Zimbabwe. Part of the book dealt with his relationship with his father and part dealt with the geopolitical scene in the country. Even I admit that there was probably too much of the latter but I think, overall, it was a good mix.
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